Tony Albert And His Role In Contemporary Australian Art

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Assignment Cover SheetStudent Name: Aneshka MoraStudent Number: z3374270Course Code: SAHT2626Course Name: Right Here, Right Now: Aboriginal Art since 1984Lecturer/Tutor: Tess AllasDate Due: 2/6/2014Date Submitted: 2/6/2014I declare that this assessment item is my own work, except where acknowledged, and has not been submitted for academic credit elsewhere, and acknowledge that the assessor of this item may, for the purpose of assessing this item: Reproduce this assessment item and provide a copy to another member of the University; and/or, Communicate a copy of this assessment item to a plagiarism checking service (which may then retain a copy of the assessment item on its database for the purpose of future plagiarism checking). I certify that I have read and understood the University Rules in respect of Student Academic Misconduct. Signed: date: 2/6/2014I do want this assignment held for me to collectI do want written comments in addition to markMarker comments:......................................................................................................................................................................................................SAHT2626 - Right Here, Right Now: Aboriginal Art since 1984Final EssayChoose an artist whom you have come to understand as part of contemporary Aboriginal art and explore the artist and their place in the history of Australian Aboriginal art and Australian art. You should investigate the politics of the day and whether their work addresses this or whether their work is more historically reflective. Is their work more 'documentary' in style or does it contribute to a continuing tradition. Has their work or this theme or medium influenced others thus creating a new continuing tradition.The art world of Australia is a very confused one. Our designated 'contemporary Indigenous art' is more traditional than contemporary and though executed by an Aboriginal hand is often created at the bidding of a white person. These works then find themselves in either high-end galleries, considered masterpieces, or on sale in tourist shops, considered kitsch. Meanwhile our cutting edge contemporary art, often made below the Rowley Line where (contrary to popular belief) the majority of Aboriginal people live, is considered 'inauthentic' or too controversial for sufficient exposure and promotion, instead marginalized into the 'urban' Indigenous art category, dismissed like juvenile street art. Yet even as outsider artists these artists are shackled to their Indigenous labels, unable to enjoy self-evidence. Tony Albert is one such 'urban' Indigenous artist caught within the bewildering whirlpool of Australian Contemporary art. He has had to deal with not only ostracization in Australian society as an Indigenous person but ostracization within the Australian art world too. These communal issues manifest in his works by his use of various mediums and themes, both historical and current. My personal favorites, and in...

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